Recipe: Cherry Almond Cookies (Jar Mix) | (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop

Cherry Almond Cookies recipe with jar mix gift version (including printable recipe cards) by Underground Crafter | (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop #craftycookies2016I’ve always been a big fan of cookies. As a kid (ok, well into my 30s), I would make individual batches of cookies for everyone in my family for Christmas. In recent years, a smaller oven and other factors have led me to stop baking at high production levels. I still enjoy freshly baked cookies, though!

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Over the years, my tastes in cookies have changed, too. For the (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to make a jar mix recipe. Even if you’re not a baker yourself, this is a great gift to bring to your host(ess) for any upcoming holiday. Jar mixes also make great housewarming, birthday, and “just because” gifts.

I wanted to be sure all the ingredients would fit into a quart-sized mason jar (since that’s the size I designed this cozy pattern to fit), so I adapted this recipe from Nestle’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar. I replaced the chips with dried cherries, something I’m loving at the moment, and added slivered almonds and almond extract, which pair really well with cherries.

Since you may just want to eat a batch of these yourself, I’m including recipes for the jar mix and for making the cookies from scratch. I’ve also included printable recipe cards that you can attach if you gift the mix.

This recipe is part of the (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop. Get more recipes and projects from participating bloggers here!(Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop! 9 recipes and 9 craft tutorials!


Cherry Almond Cookies Jar Mix

Recipe by Underground Crafter

Ingredients/Supplies (Makes 24-30 cookies)

For Jar Mix:

  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cherries (I used unsweeted, unsulferated sweet cherries) or cherry-flavored cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (I used coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Quart mason jar
  • Cherry Almond Cookies Jar Mix recipe card (see below for printables)
  • Drawstring Mason Jar Cozy (optional – get the free crochet pattern here)

For Cookies:

  • Jar mix ingredients through granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 sticks (0.75 cup, 12 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Jar Mix Instructions

Cherry Almond Cookies recipe with jar mix gift version (including printable recipe cards) by Underground Crafter | (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop #craftycookies2016

  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Pour flour into quart-sized mason jar. Tap gently to flatten layer.
  • Add cherries, then almonds, then brown sugar, then granulated sugar, tapping gently after each addition.
  • Close lid to seal.
  • Print recipe cards on card stock and cut into individual cards. Add recipe card to jar with cozy, and you have a perfect gift!

Download printable Cherry Almond Cookies Jar Mix Recipe Card – Color

Download printable Cherry Almond Cookies Jar Mix Recipe Card – Black and White

Cookie Instructions

Cherry Almond Cookies recipe with jar mix gift version (including printable recipe cards) by Underground Crafter | (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop #craftycookies2016

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • In large bowl, cream butter and sugars until thoroughly combined. Stir in egg and almond extract.
  • Add flour mixture, cherries, and almonds to large bowl and mix well, wiping down sides and breaking up clumps.
  • Use rounded Tablespoon to portion out cookies. Drop each cookie onto ungreased cookie sheet, leaving several inches around to allow cookies to expand in the oven.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Cherry Almond Cookies recipe with jar mix gift version (including printable recipe cards) by Underground Crafter | (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop #craftycookies2016This recipe is part of the (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop. Get more recipes and projects from participating bloggers here!(Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop! 9 recipes and 9 craft tutorials!

 

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